Students can be encouraged and stimulated by reading about inventors and inventions. The books listed below contain many illustrations and ideas that can help to get students started on their way toward inventing a new product or process.
Caney, Steven. Steven Caney's Invention Book. New York: Workman Publishing Co., 1985.
Dunn, Susan and Rob Larson. Design Technology: Children's Engineering. Falmer Press, 1990. (Grades K-6)
Eichelberger, Barbara and Connie Larson. Constructions for Children: Projects in Design Technology. Available from Dale Seymour Publications. (Grades 1-4)
Jones, Foltz Charlotte. Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be. New York: Doubleday, 1991.
Karnes, Francis, Suzanne H. Bean, and Rose Mary Wallner.Girls and Young Women Inventing: Twenty True Stories About Inventors Plus How You Can Be One Yourself. Free Spirit, 1995. (Grades 3-6)
Kramer, Stephen P. How to Think Like a Scientist: Answering Questions by the Scientific Method. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1987. (Grades 2-4)
McCormack, Alan J. Inventor's Workshop. Belmont, CA: Pitman Learning, Inc. 1981. (Grades 2-6)
McKissack, Pat and Frederick L. McKissack. African-American Inventors. Millbrook Press, 1994. (Grades 4-7)
Rasmussen, Greta. WakerUppers: A Spirited Collection of Thinking Activities. Available from Dale Seymour Publications. (Grades 2-6)
Rowland, Dr. Elizabeth and Dr. Leonard Molotsky. Resource of Creative and Inventive Activities. Richardson, TX: National Inventive Thinking Association, 1994. (For teachers)
Sobey, Ed. Inventing Stuff. Available from Dale Seymour Publications. (Grades 5 and up)
Stanish, Bob. The Unconventional Invention Book. Carthage, IL: Good Apple, Inc., 1981.
Striker, Susan. Build a Better Mousetrap. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1983.
Taylor, Barbara. Be an Inventor. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1987. (Grades 3 and up)
Tucker, Tom and Richard Loehle. Brainstorm: The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1995. (Grades 4-7)
Yenne, Bill. 100 Inventions That Shaped World History. Bluewood Books, 1993. (Grades 3-6)
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Macaulay, David. The Way Things Work. Dorling Kindersley Publishing. Available from Dale Seymour Publications. (Grades 5 and up)